Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ever changing technology?

While doing my weekend errands this morning, I realized something: The way our society (and culture) "adapts so quickly" to new technology, some things really aren't that new. 

Why?

A little RFID beacon called Speedpass.

Speedpass and the activation sign












The little wand turned the gas station market on it's filling up head in 1997 by way of Mobil and later Exxon. The chip, when placed next to the sign at the pump, activated the user's credit card (on file) and the patron was able to fill up with the flick of a signal. Or, use it in the store part of the gas station for chips or drink (legal of age residents: smokes and booze).

It was a nifty little keychain gadget for the time. I think everyone "bought" into the hype and some people might still use it, some 18 years later. I know I had one when I started driving (showing my age here, gosh!) because my parents had a couple of the fobs. Every so often, I would stop in Mobil, wave the want in front of the sign, and fill the car up. At least when my parents got the bill, they knew what I was up to... way before cell phones and GPS devices were attached to everyone's hip.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Flashback Friday

It's only the second day of the new year and I'm already looking backwards. It's not for past memories, but for past movies.

As I sat in my chair thinking about some "classic films", I couldn't help but start singing "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" by the Beatles (off of the Help! album). Although, I have to admit, on the I Am Sam soundtrack, Eddie Vedder does a pretty decent rendition. That must be one of the few Sean Penn movies I actually like, too.

One of the movies, Harold and Maude, can be seen as a cult classic among some groups of people. It's about two people who happen to frequent funerals for "fun" and end up becoming close friends. Odd pairing, an octogenarian and twenty something, but it's a good movie, none the less.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Looks like snow

But it's not. What the heck... yet another day I look out my window and see snow clouds with no white stuff on the ground. Florida is super deceiving.

Happy New Year, to any one reading this. Have you made your New Years resolution yet? Mine is always not to make one, and I seem to be pretty good at keeping it. *Big grin*